Shaping San Francisco Talk featuring K. Ruby Blume of the Institute for Urban Homesteading in Oakland, Esperanza Pallana of pluckandfeather.com and the East Bay Urban Agriculture Alliance, and Melinda Stone from Howtohomestead.org. A wide ranging discussion on what urban homesteading is, how one gets started, what some of the principles and philosophies underlying it are, and much more. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: urban homesteading, urban agriculture, food, urban game, rabbits, bees, food security, food...
From the "Nature in the City" series of Shaping San Francisco Talks at CounterPULSE, this one features speakers on cleaning up after the military, restoring the former military bases around the San Francisco Bay. Chris Carlsson, host, Peter Brastow of Nature in the City, and Ruth Gravanis, coordinator of the Treasure Island wetlands project, Arthur Feinstein chair of the SF Bay Joint Venture. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: San Francisco, Treasure Island, Alameda Wildlife Preserve, birds, wetlands
Part of the ongoing Shaping San Francisco Talks series at CounterPULSE. San Francisco California State Park at Candlestick, an urban shoreline park used by bird watchers, picnickers, and fishermen, is being ecologically transformed for the benefit of the Bayview community and local critters. Alan Hopkins, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Patrick Rump, Literacy for Environmental Justice, Claude Everhart, Friends of Candlestick. Oct. 29, 2008 Topics: nature in the city, ecology, urban parks, shoreline, wetlands, birds, state parks, fishermen,...
If we're to believe the mainstream media, the Occupy movement came out of nowhere and represents a new kind of politics. But we should be skeptical of such claims. Social movements scholar Barbara Epstein was a participant in the nonviolent direct action movements of the 1970s and '80s. She describes how they incorporated consensus-based decision-making, radical egalitarianism, and prefigurative politics. And she examines how their strengths and weaknesses have been passed down to Occupy.... Topics: anti-nuclear, anti-war, Livermore Action Group, Abalone Alliance, Occupy, Direct Action, blockade,...
Longtime environmental writer and journalist Harold Gilliam sits down for an Ecology Emerges interview conducted by Chris Carlsson, Nov. 2 2009, covering his life from childhood in Los Angeles to his time at the Interior Dept. in Washington during the early 1960s, to his many years at the SF Chronicle. Gilliam was a witness to the founding of Save the Bay, he was a reporter on the freeway revolt, and helped prevent a bridge being built from Telegraph Hill to Angel Island. Topics: ecology, journalism, Save the Bay, Interior Department
A dozen political print and poster makers gather to discuss Josh MacPhee's new book Paper Politics, as well as the current state of political graphics making: What are we doing? Why? And is it working? Short presentations by a couple of the artists will be followed by a large roundtable discussion. Audience participation is encouraged. Co-sponsored by PM Press. Topics: Printmaking, Politics, Lithography, Art, graphics, screenprinting, silkscreen, political art
Haight Ashbury Community Radio Project dramatizes the sensibilities of the turn of the 19th-to-20th century Employers' Association, an organization bent on destroying labor unions. Topics: Employers Association, class war, 19th century
Chris Carlsson introduces his new book at CounterPULSE, April 9, 2009: "Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-Lot Gardeners Are Inventing the Future Today"... this is a bit over an hour, and it's entirely a reading from the contents of the book to an audience of about 80 friends. Topics: Nowtopia, gardening, utopia, bicycling, programming, biofuels, Burning Man
Shaping San Francisco Talks series, Oct 14 2010: Kim Stanley Robinson, Terry Bisson, Gary Phillips. It's only a story; or is it? Fantasy, Science Fiction and Noir conspire as three of PM Press's Outspoken Authors series discuss the problems, pitfalls and possibilities of writing fiction from a revolutionary perspective. Kim Stanley Robinson is the Hugo-winning author of Red Mars and Galileoâs Dream. Terry Bisson is an award winning short story writer and the biographer of Mumia Abu Jamal and... Topics: Writing, novels, politics, revolution, noir, crime, science fiction, genre, science
Founded in 1886 by Unitarian (who moved rapidly leftwards!) Charles H. Kerr, the Charles H Kerr Publishing Co. has been a mainstay of non-sectarian left publishing, and culture since its inception. The first to publish Marx's Capital in English, and the pre-eminent publisher of the IWW for the last century, please join Kerr Co. biographer Allen Ruff in interrogating, analyzing and celebrating the previous 115, and looking forward to the next. Allen Ruff is an independent writer, and researcher.... Topics: Charles H. Kerr publishing, Midwest radicalism, Wisconsin, Madison, public workers, occupations
From H.G. Wells to Octavia Butler, from New Wave to Cyberpunk to the Slipstream of today, SF has been a tool to agitate, organize speculate and explore utopian alternatives. Join a panel of working SF pros in a lively discussion of the perils and possibilities-- JOHN SHIRLEY Bram Stoker award winner, cyberpunk pioneer, author of Bleak History , Black Glass ... LISA GOLDSTEIN, American Book Award winner, charter member of SF's"Shameless Hussies," author of The Red Magician, The Divided... Topics: science fiction, writing, fantasy, utopia, dystopia, publishing, cyberpunk, space opera, e-books
Art & Politics: Literary Treasures of the North MissionPoets, painters, writers, and other cultural and literary denizens of the single-room-occupancy hotels of the North Mission, especially the Royan, the Crown, the Albion, and others, will be remembered, regaled, and recited. San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia reminisces and recites, bringing in literary heroes of the past decades. Topics: Literary San Francisco, poets, poetry, Valencia, 16th Street, North Mission, Royan Hotel, Albion...
North Beach hair stylist Joe Jachetta, interviewed by Audrey Tomaselli of the Telegraph Hill Dwellers oral history project, talks about how folks in his building kept things cold before refrigerators. Topics: cooling, North Beach, Italians, before refrigerators
With urban homesteading all the rage and backyard and vacant lot food production on the rise it appears we're taking big steps toward encouraging self-sufficiency in the Bay Area.Â For sure people's requirements for connection to their food has changed.Â But how much do the popular local underground food movements fit within a concept of food security, within a drive to control one's own food sources as in food sovereignty?Â How much are they used as a stepping stone into the market for... Topics: urban agriculture, food, farmers markets, food justice, food security, food sovereignty,...
Dramatization of Irish couple arguing over the anti-Chinese agitation in San Francisco in 1877. Original recording by Haight Ashbury Community Radio project, 1980. Topics: Irish, Chinese, labor, capitalists, racism
Hugh will present a slideshow of his diverse body of work, ranging from rock posters to anti-war flyers to original paintings, and talk about the ways his politics have informed his artâand vice versa. Recorded October 17, 2007 as part of the Shaping San Francisco Talks series at CounterPULSE in San Francisco. Topics: art, politics, bicycling, copyright, copyleft, commons, illustration
-by"Pinhead Schuler" (Terry Hawkins, Janice Leiber, Chris Carlsson)
Episode 1: "Attitude Adjustment Seminar" 30 minutes. :16 Introduction by Terry Hawkins 1:08 "Bad Attitude" theme written and performed by Janice Leiber :15 Introduction by Terry Hawkins 1:16 Sorry I'm Late by Pam Tranfield, voice Janice Leiber 2:24 Manuscript Found in a Typewriter by Christopher Winks, voice Terry Hawkins 1:05 Keep Jane's Fingers Dancing! by Adam Cornford, voices Adam and Janice 1:30 Letter: Bosso in The Can by R.M.-Atlanta, voice Karen Balke :20 Letter: Out... Topics: work, wage-slavery, typing, offices, satire, humor
One of the two major bookstore chains in the US is on the verge of collapse, even as authors are being abandoned by publishers to go "indie" via Kindle and iPad. The ebook (r)evolution is here, but its course is not yet chartedâwill the dinosaurs of New York's publishing industry go extinct, and what new species of publication and publisher will emerge? And will writers be able to make a living...not that most of them are doing that even now! Join science fiction writers Terry... Topics: E-book, pdf, Kindle, Amazon, publishing, books, self-publishing, New York publishing, agents
Satirical radio advertisement for "Le Tank Solaire", the solar-powered defense strategy for the 1970s and 1980s, prepared by members of the Union of Concerned Commies. Topics: tank, solar, Chrys-is-ler Corp., satire
Bending Over Backwards Audio Tour: Stop 4: Komotion International, an underground music and performance space at 2779 16th Street, 1986-1997. Topics: music, punk, world beat, Robin Ballinger, Sasha Lilly, Komotion, 1980s, 1990s, San Francisco
Owen Hill, Summer Brenner, Barry Eisler, and Michael Harris. Co-Presented by PM Press "Crime fiction is almost like a product of capitalism. It's about social inequality" --Ian Rankin, best-selling crime novelist Join some of the finest exponents of crime and noir as they discuss how fiction is not just a mirror to the seamier sides of life, but the proverbial hammer with which to shape it. Owen Hill is the author of two novels and many books of poetry. Of his latest, The Incredible... Topics: Crime, fiction, novels, writing, politics, revolution, noir
The S.F. Print Collective has been postering striking silk-screened images on the cityâs walls for years, speaking to politics, police, immigration, and much more. Slides and discussion from several of the Collectivistas... http://www.sfprintcollective.com/ Recorded Oct. 8, 2008 at CounterPULSE, part of the Shaping San Francisco Talks series. Topics: art, politics, anti-eviction, housing, social movements, immigration, police
Roger Wilson of the Bristol Radical History group gives a wide-ranging Talk covering 17th and 18th century history around Bristol, England, including a debunking of the common narrative of the anti-slavery movement, putting the working people of England back into the saga. He also gives a fresh look of the mass riots of 1831, and brings the interventions of the Bristol Radical History Group in our era into the unfolding of "history from below." If you want to find out what unites a... Topics: History from below, riots, England, Britain, anti-slavery
Mat Callahan and Lincoln Cushing present an incredible slide show of dozens of rock and political posters from the 1960s and1970s, discussing the role of music and art in the politics of the era, and the way the commercial culture worked to co-opt and reintegrate that burst of creativity into the demands of consumer capitalism. Topics: Rock, posters, art, Bill Graham, KMPX, KSAN, politics, festival, rock concerts, capitalism
Dramatized rendition of speech by Denis Kearny in 1877, denouncing Chinese workers and capitalists in equal parts. Recorded by Haight Ashbury Community Radio Project, 1980. Topics: Denis Kearny, Workingmen's Party, 1877, riots, racism
"Money: A Comedy with Music" is a satiric portrayal of an economically troubled society in which an American banker tries to explain how money works. The new play written in 2010 in San Francisco moves from Brazil to New York, from scenes of wealth to scenes of bankruptcy, accompanied by cabaret songs, chicanery and financial chaos. Developed this year, but indebted to the Living Newspapers of the Federal Theatre Project from the 1930s, "Money" incorporates puppetry, film... Topics: 1937, money, economics, comedy, musical, Federal Theater Project, WPA, Depression, derivatives
In Adriana Camarena's new work the most precarious residents of the Mission are the central storytellers. Theirs are historic tales of Californian daily life: Indigenous migrants on their day off from construction or cooking on the line, watch movies inside their shared group apartments. Parents, raising children in the Mission, fend off poverty by working hard, with the result that their dutifulness sometimes translates into absence for their kids. Lost in plain sight, young kids in gangs... Topics: Mission District, gentrification, displacement, Homies, Migrants, immigration, mothers, sorrows,...
"Crime fiction is almost like a product of capitalism. It's about social inequality" --Ian Rankin, best-selling crime novelist Join four of the finest exponents of crime and noir as they discuss how fiction is not just a mirror to the seamier sides of life, but the proverbial hammer with which to shape it. Owen Hill is the author of two novels and many books of poetry. Of his latest, The Incredible Double, David Ulin of the Los Angeles Times said,"...here we have the essence of... Topics: Noir, Crime, Fiction, politics, history, urban life, cities, San Francisco, work, day jobs
A Shaping San Francisco Talk held at CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission at 9th in San Francisco on Wed. Oct. 21, 7:30pm 17 years of Critical Mass and 10,000 members of the Bike Coalition? what's right, what's not with the way bicycling and bicycling politics is developing at the end of the first decade of the 21st century? A broad discussion of bicycle etiquette, transportation and urban design, equipment and safety (good engineering vs. "good shopping"), Stop-Roll, Bike Plan 04 vs.... Topics: bicycling, bicycles, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, bike boulevards, Critical Mass, red lights,...
Dancer, Choreographer, and Director, Jess Curtis is interviewed by celebrated Bay Area choreographer Joanna Haigood. Together they will explore Jess' nearly three decades of body-based experiments through peformance and teaching. Like Jess' dancing this will be a night investigating the 'embodied intellect'. Short video clips will be interspersed with smart conversation about the theory and practice of Curtis' Body of Work. As always, there will be a lengthy Q & A so all will have a chance... Topics: Dance, body, embodiment, communication, politics, art, performance, circus, gesture
Inaugurating a new âthird Wednesdaysâ series at CounterPULSE, Mona Caron will present a slide show of her famous murals and many other works, talking about the politics of her art, and her ideas about the relationship of art and politics. Topics: murals, art, politics, painting, Switzerland, Intragna, Mona Caron
a 1988/89 performance by Keith Hennessy. Twenty years ago Keith Hennessy created Saliva, an interdisciplinary dance-performance-ritual under a freeway in downtown San Francisco. Deep within the rage and grief of the AIDS crisis, Hennessy performed a ritualistic reclamation of the body, the queer male body, as holy. Video excerpts, live performance, historical context, and audience discussion combine to recreate this AIDS-era work of queer performance. Kirk Read and Philip Huang join the... Topics: performance, AIDS, 1980s, Keith Hennessy, interdisciplinary, dance, ritual, San Francisco, gay,...
Rigo 95, Rigo 23, Rigo Rigo Rigo! Heâll be here to give us a taste of his amazing work, from huge mosaics and building-size murals, street sign satires, and commemorative sculptures. Come and meet one of the giants of our local scene, who also happens to be an international star too, and yet is one of the most relaxed people youâll ever meet. Topics: murals, sculpture, public art
Amy Franceschini is a pollinator who creates formats for exchange and production that question and challenge the social, cultural and environmental systems that surround her. An overarching theme in her work is a perceived conflict between humans and nature. Her projects reveal the ways that local politics are affected by globalization. In 1995, Amy founded Futurefarmers, an international collective of artists. In 2004, Amy co-founded Free Soil, an international collective of artists,... Topics: art, farm, agriculture, urban, food, politics, commodity, whimsy
A dramatic visual presentation of the lost murals, forgotten political posters, and underground comix made in San Francisco during the 1970s, based on visual essays in Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78 book, with Lincoln Cushing, Tim Drescher, and Jay Kinney. Topics: murals, 1970s, political posters, public art, comics, underground comix
In recent years, much has made about the opposition between urban strategies and urban tactics. One is supposedly rooted in technocratic control of the city by a planning elite, the other is the response of artists and activists determined to reclaim the right to an environment generated by, and for, citizens themselves. Rebar has explored this territory through tactical urban interventions -- both sactioned and unsanctioned -- but is also interested in going beyond the simple opposition... Topics: design, tactical urbanism, urbanism, public space, park(ing) day, intervention, art, commons,...
Songs of Freedom is the name of the songbook edited by James Connolly and published in 1907. Connolly's introduction is better known than the collection for which it was written, containing his oft-quoted maxim: “Until the movement is marked by the joyous, defiant singing of revolutionary songs, it lacks one of the most distinctive marks of a popular revolutionary movement, it is the dogma of a few and not the faith of the multitude.” Though most of the songs were of Irish derivation, the... Topics: Ireland, Scotland, England, New York, revolutionary songs, Irish socialism, Scottish socialism,...
We present another night of Conscious Youth Media Crew's latest collection of films by youth, "Reel Hood Heroes", chronicles the lives of everyday heroes who work to create a brighter future for the young people in our San Francisco and Bay Area communities. Conscious Youth Media Crew encourages youth to become life-long learners and positive, productive community members. Through our unique San Francisco-based digital multimedia training program, youth participants learn multimedia... Topics: Mission, youth, video, Hunter's Point, Bayview, South of Market, United Playaz, Carecen, Violence...
Devendra Sharma (Performing Diaspora) and Jaysi Chander (physician and kathak dancer/tabla player/poet and activist) discuss important issues surrounding the Bay Area Indian community. Topics include: immigration politics, women in forced marriage, Indian Invitro industry, political economy of Silicon Valley and Indian outsourcing industries. Topics: India, South Asia, dance, Performing Diaspora, Silicon Valley, marriage, immigration, outsourcing
Ralph Wilson, Jasper Rubin, and artist Wendy MacNaughton in a wide-ranging critical look at the history and plans for the oldest industrial buildings west of the Mississippi River, the launchpad for much of the U.S.'s imperial fleet in the late 19th and early 20th century. Increasingly derelict over the past few decades, but still home to the last drydock in San Francisco, big plans are afoot. Join critics, analysts, and artists for a closer look. Topics: Pier 70, San Francisco, waterfront, shoreline, Union Iron Works, Bethlehem Steel, shipyards, docks
Favianna Rodriguez has been making art to make change for years. She will present remarkable posters, illustrations, stickers and more, and talk about art and politics, in the concluding event of our solo artist shows this season. Topics: art, activism, Latina, illustrations, posters, social movements